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The Unholy Four (1954)

The Stranger Came Home (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 24 September 1954 (USA)
A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

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Terence Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paulette Goddard ... Angie
William Sylvester ... Philip Vickers
Patrick Holt ... Job Crandall
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Bill Saul
Alvys Maben Alvys Maben ... Joan Merrill
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Insp. Treherne
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Jennie
David King-Wood David King-Wood ... Sessions
Jeremy Hawk ... Sgt. Johnson
Patricia Owens ... Blonde (as Pat Owens)
Jack Taylor Jack Taylor ... Brownie
Kim Mills Kim Mills ... Roddy
Owen Evans Owen Evans ... Redhead
Philip Lennard Philip Lennard ... Medical Examiner
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Storyline

Philip Vickers mysteriously reappears to his wife and friends during a party at her upscale country estate after an absence of four years. He had been presumed dead after he disappeared on a fishing trip in Portugal with three friends. He was knocked unconscious and pushed overboard by an unknown assailant. In the interim, he had suffered from amnesia but now has regained his faculties. All the potential suspects, including his wife, are at the party. When one of them is killed, the police are called in, and suspicion for the crime falls on the vengeful Vickers. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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What was the shock - SIN of THE UNHOLY FOUR? See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unholy Four See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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Trivia

The novel "Stranger At Home" by George Sanders, which this film is based on, was actually ghost-written by Leigh Brackett. An unrelated novel also credited to Sanders, "Crime On My Hands", features Sanders as an amateur detective, similar to his Saint and Falcon characters. That novel was ghost-written by Craig Rice, who wrote two of the Falcon films. See more »

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[first lines]
Philip Vickers: [to dog] Hello, Coolin, boy. Hello, old boy. You didn't forget, did you, huh?
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Composed by Louis Prima and Bob Miketta
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Bizarre Effort
10 March 2017 | by drednmSee all my reviews

William Sylvester stars as Philip Vickers, a man who suddenly returns home after being considered dead for four years. Seems he was on a fishing trip in Portugal of all places and disappeared after going ashore. His memory of events is getting drunk, mugged and imprisoned.

His wife (Paulette Goddard) is having a big party and his three cronies are all in attendance. But one of the cronies is killed that very night. Who did it? All evidence points to Vickers.

When a local detective (Russell Napier) arrives on the scene he's convinced that Vickers is the killer but the wife and pal Bill Saul (Paul Carpenter) keep doing suspicious things. Then there's that creepy Joan (Alvys Maben) lurking in the background.

After another murder, things start getting serious.

Low-budget thrillers has some good points but the many negatives bring it down. The sets are incredibly ugly, and then there's that 50s space-age metal kitchen that keeps shape shifting. Goddard (about 44 at the time) is badly costumed and lit. But the story is pretty good.

Goddard, despite star billing, has little to do. Sylvester and Carpenter are good, and Maben is a scene stealer. Napier is also good as the detective. Don't by fooled by George Sanders' listing. He's not in the film, and the novel her wrote was actually ghost-written by someone else.


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